Stella left an off-topic comment about homeless veterans in the post below. The discussion doesn't belong there, so I am moving it up here.
Maggie, off-topic. Did You Know 200,000 Vets Are Sleeping on the Streets?
No veteran deserves this.
03 January, 2009 14:42
Your article exaggerates a sad and difficult problem.
The VA estimates the number at 154,000
By and large their situation has little to do with their veteran status. It has to do with the fact that most of the help for the homeless is aimed at women and children.
03 January, 2009 14:51
I have a real issue with veterans left in the streets with no shelter and food. Veterans' benefits were cut six years in a row; that's reprehensible. (Maggie's note - here's my problem. This statement is patently untrue.) OK, 200,000 is an exaggeration, but there's still 154,000 too many veterans living in sub-standard conditions.
This comment really got to me: Right now, the number of homeless male and female Vietnam era veterans is greater than the number of service persons who died during that war. That hit me in the gut. I had no idea.
Non-military private and public charities could help non-veterans, particularly women and children. The VA does have Homeless Veteran Program Coordinators, but what is their situation with the funding cuts? The VA should assume responsibility for aiding veterans.
A VA is in my area: yet, I frequently see homeless veterans. You're absolutely right: this is a sad, difficult situation that needs attention.
Pardon my rant, and thanks for the info, Maggie. That's an extremely informative site. Take care.
03 January, 2009 22:47
Of course this is a discussion Stella and I have had before. You see Stella likes to say that Veteran's benefits have been cut under the Bush Administration and I, of course, say that's untrue.
Well I guess this will be the day I pull together the links to prove my point. After all, it's steroid day and I won't be that much use otherwise.
Although I might make a cake just to needle Jennifer. The other night we were sitting on her couch and I said I was in the mood for cake, she razzed me. The next day I worked and she had the day off. I sent her a text and asked of she were making me a cake, she asked if she had to. I said yes. It was a disaster. She didn't have the right ingredients and she had no cake pan and she was very unhappy with the result. Jen is an excellent cook and makes fabulous cookies......so I will have to make a cake just to give her a hard time. Actually the tremor might make for a better cake - better sifting of flour!
Anyway, back to the VA nonsense.
I'm going to poke around in the GPO and I am going to print what facts and figures I find. I won't be pretty because they are PDFs and I don't know how to cut or paste them. I will post them above this post.
But they will be facts and they will back up this statement from the GPO FY 09 budget;
Since 2001, the Department of Veteran's Affairs has:
Increased the resources available for veterans' medical care by 106%.